couth

adjective
\ ˈküth How to pronounce couth (audio) \

Definition of couth

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: sophisticated, polished Although they disagreed with the speaker, they were couth enough to listen to him respectfully.

couth

noun

Definition of couth (Entry 2 of 2)

: polish, refinement I expected kindness and gentility … but there is such a thing as too much couth.— S. J. Perelman

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Examples of couth in a Sentence

Adjective

he's remarkably couth for someone who grew up in a small town with limited cultural opportunities

Noun

their future son-in-law's lack of couth was of some concern to this patrician couple

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Even some of Durant’s Warriors’ teammates manifested their artsiness in less-than-couth ways. Dieter Kurtenbach, The Mercury News, "Kurtenbach: The unfair, unsavory truth of Kevin Durant’s injury," 11 June 2019

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First Known Use of couth

Adjective

1896, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1947, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for couth

Adjective and Noun

back-formation from uncouth

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Dictionary Entries near couth

Cousteau

coutel

coûte que coûte

couth

couthie

coutil

couture

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